The Latest: Erdogan says Turkey won’t leave Qatar isolated

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed his backing for Qatar in its dispute with other Gulf nations, saying Turkey would never leave the tiny gas-rich country isolated.

Delivering a speech at a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner in Istanbul, Erdogan said Friday that Turkey would provide food and medicine to help Qatar ease its isolation despite the other nations “displeasure.”

He called on Saudi Arabia and other countries of the region to end their sanctions, rejecting accusations by these countries that Qatar supports terror groups.

Referring to a statement by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling on the Arab nations to immediately ease their blockade of Qatar, Erdogan said: “I say let’s lift it entirely.”

On Wednesday, Turkey’s parliament passed legislation permitting the deployment of troops to a Turkish military base in Qatar.

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